Words I Learned: 2009-10

  1. inveigling – to win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk

    . . . inordinate haunting of great multitudes of people, especially youth, to plays, interludes, namely occasion of frays and quarrels, evil practices of incontinency in great inns having chambers and secret places adjoining to their open stages and galleries, inveigling and alluring of maids, especially of orphans and good citizens’ children under age.

    …regarding the old Elizabethean theater.

  2. gonfalone – a long flag or banner, often pointed, swallow-tailed, or with several streamers, and suspended from a crossbar

    “It makes our heroic players seem like regular guys, and we like them to have 90 seconds of insipid postgame interview capped by the pricking of the gonfalon bubble.”

    … regarding the celebrations of world champions.

  3. protuberance – Something, such as a bulge, knob, or swelling, that protrudes.  

    [Not sure from where]

  4. demonym – a name for a resident of a locality which is derived from the name of the particular locality.

    From: Hong Kongers.  [One of those words that you would only learn from the hyper-technical, hyper-exacting Wikipedia. (see also, “snowclone“)]

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